Women and Gender Studies Program

Incoming WGS Director, Lucinda Cole completing work on "Imperfect Creatures"

Prof. Lucinda Cole

Lucinda Cole is spending the summer finishing her book “Imperfect Creatures: Vermin, Literature, and the Sciences of Life, 1640-1700.” It’s about the importance of certain animal populations--rats, birds, fleas, dogs, and foxes--to science and literature during the Little Ice Age when, a drop in temperatures having created food insecurities across Europe, humans were regularly forced to compete with other animals for food. The grateful recipient of a Faculty Senate Research Grant, Lucinda has also been doing preliminary research for a new project on the early modern ivory trade. Configurations, a journal devoted to science and literature published by Johns Hopkins University Press, has asked her to serve on their advisory board.